Review: txtForward

By: Zach Flauaus August 24th, 2008

For the BlackBerry users out in there in the audience, I’m sure you’ve been plagued with the disappearing messages because of the lack of available memory. Now, for email, this isn’t so much a problem as it’s most likely on your mail server, but for texts, those messages are gone, right? Wrong. Electric Pocket has an awesome new product for you to try out, and I swear by it.

The concept is simple enough: If you receive a SMS (text) message, txtForward will automatically forward the message to an account of your choosing. A brilliant concept and does a very good job in executing it, with just a couple faults, yet nothing big enough to break the deal.

As soon as you get a text, txtForward automatically forwards the text message to the email account that you specify. This is where having a Gmail (or Google Apps-hosted account) comes in handy; your messages will become threaded, thus becoming reminiscent of an IM chat. The only thing that’s missing is your replies, which is somewhat of a downside.


I haven’t noticed a decrease in battery life as one might think would happen by constantly sending and receiving SMS messages in addition to sending emails of the text messages. Possibly because Electric Pocket uses their servers to send the messages instead of your provided SMTP servers in your BlackBerry configuration. While this may be a red flag to some, they disclose that “no logging, recording or monitoring of messages takes place.” I trust this statement, but privacy freaks may want to steer clear.

One thing I do recommend is creating a new email account for your forwarded messages and don’t hook it up to your BlackBerry. Otherwise you’ll see the same messages twice. Just setup that account and let it be until you need it.

There are just two slight faults that aren’t really an issue, more like suggestions.

1: MMS messages aren’t backed up. While this would require a significant more amount of data to be sent through the networks (being that pictures messages are up to 700k sometimes), it would be nice to turn the option on. Nevertheless, people may just save the pictures to their BlackBerry’s and be done with it.

2: Your sent SMS messages aren’t backed up. This is the only thing keeping txtForward from truly shining in my book. If they could somehow implement it to show as a true threaded conversation in something like Gmail (and not have “Message from: Their Number” and “Message from: Your Number” separated), it would be great. Then again… You may not want to see your responses to some of those text messages again. ;)

All in all, I highly recommend txtForward for your SMS archival uses. For $7.95, this app for your BlackBerry can be one of the most useful apps out there if you send many text messages. Having an archive can come in handy, you just have to decide when.

Rating: 5/5

~Archives your SMS messages with ease
~Doesn’t kill your battery
~Extremely lightweight (24kb)
~Low cost makes it absolutely worth it

~Doesn’t forward your own text messages
~Doesn’t forward MMS messages

Download or buy txtForward here.

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    I assume if the device is off the app isn't running and messages don't get forwarded. You would have to leave the Blackberry on at all times.

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